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With my author hat on I attended the first East Anglian author fair at the end of July at the fabulous Coconut Loft Art Gallery on Waterloo Road. This gave locals an opportunity to ‘meet the author’  with twelve authors from across Norfolk and Suffolk, including: Helen Thwaites, Caroline Way, Hannah Precious, Ian Robb, Terry Tarbox, Pam Finch, Bronwen Grono, Jocelyn Blakey, Helen Milligan, Patricia Peters and Ann Bowyer.

All the authors~done with my camera

The centrepiece of the event were five newly published authors who had risen to a ‘get published’ challenge set by themselves during a writing workshops last November. They formed the group Waveney Author Group (WAG) and go on tour later this month.

Gina cutting my cake with the WAG authors looking on

I’m looking forward to The  2nd Annual event which will take place next July and an interim ‘meet the authors’ weekend will be held at the Coconut Loft on the 5th & 6th Dec.

Author places are selling well, with only a few places left. For more information pop along to www.getwriting.co.uk

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I know you don’t spell ‘writery’ like that but I say it so I wrote it. And it is an exciting time…

Last November I led a set of writing workshops and had the fabulous authors/tutors: Glynis Smy, Ann Bowyer, Rosy Thornton, Jayne-Marie Barker  and Jo Wilde run some sessions. 6 of the writers set themselves a challenge to write and self-publish before July 10th. I decided to join them in this challenge. We decided on the name Waveney Author Group (WAG) as we all live within the Waveney area.

Our first meeting was at The Coconut Loft Art Gallery and we were grateful for the support of The Journal newspaper who came to do an article on us and took this picture.

Group photo~24th Jan 2015

The Coconut Loft Art Gallery became our place to meet. Firstly on a monthly basis and now we meet on a weekly basis to enable the writers to achieve their goal. The Coconut Loft Art Gallery is a great place to write, an inspiring place that not only sells lovely food but also Richard and Gina, the owners, are always willing to help, whether it be to help one of the writer’s sort her blurb out or help another writer sort her page layout.

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The owners Gina and Richard watching new author Pam Finch press the button and upload her work to Create Space (and within a short space of time her book, Minho Moments, was on Amazon).

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Gina helping a writer with her formatting.

Helen and Enid~WAG Meeting Coconut Loft~11th May 2015

Helen Thwaites helping her mum with her tablet.

Helen, Helen and Enid~WAG Meeting Coconut Loft~11th May 2015

Enid and Helen Thwaites and Helen Meneghello.

Helen, Pam, Richard and Enid~WAG Meeting Coconut Loft~11th May 2015

Richard helping Pam Finch with her blurb (watched by Helen and Enid)

Pam Helen Enid and I at the coconut loft~June 2015

Helen Thwaites, Me (Suzan Collins), Enid Thwaites and Pam Finch writing in The Smugglers’ Gallery.

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Enid Thwaites, Helen Thwaites, Bronwen Grono, Pam Finch, Helen Meneghello, Me (Suzan Collins) and Jo Wilde.

All writers have either now published their books or will in the next week or so. #excitingtimes

The Waveney Author Group will be joining other authors at the pop-up bookshop at The Coconut Loft this July. For more info please go to www.getwriting.co.uk

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Welcome Ann Bowyer…

Ann Bowyer

Can you tell me a little about yourself? (including pen name if you have one)

At an early age, I was writing stories and drawing comics which I published weekly. Before I left school I knew I wanted to be a journalist. I already had the shorthand and typing skills but my parents were set against it. They considered it was an unsuitable occupation for a young lady – that was the 1960’s – oh, how things have changed! So I found myself becoming a secretary, then a Business Studies Teacher, then a freelance software trainer but, of course, motherhood came somewhere in-between all that.

What was the first story you wrote?

Probably something to do with horses – I was horse mad, as many girls are today, though riding them was not on the agenda until we moved further out of London and even then, I had to save up all my pennies as my parents couldn’t afford to pay for lessons.

However, my first novel was completed at 15 and the plot was around – you’ve guessed – horses!

Were you inspired by someone or something?

Very much so, I loved to read about show jumping and gymkhanas and was lucky enough to go to the Horse of Year Show for several years running with my best friend. I read every horsey book and magazine I could lay my hands on and my favourite author was Ruby Ferguson who wrote the Jill books. When I grew more mature I was inspired by Jane Austin, of course, and whenever I am ill, Pride and Prejudice is a comfort read and I’ve always been a Maeve Binchy fan.

What do you like about writing a story?

Plots and research are possibly the things I enjoy most. Creating an interesting plot and seeing characters react has always fascinated me because my characters always surprise me as they go off and do their own thing. But, since I set my novels in the past, research is my favourite occupation and sometimes I have to drag myself away from fascinating avenues of enquiry or the book would never get written.

Can you tell us about your newest book?

My latest book is ‘Lost in a Homeland’ and is a sequel to my first published book ‘A Token of Love – a family saga. Both are fiction but the first book is largely based on my grandparents lives.

Ann Bowyer~Lost in a Homeland

How did you come up with the story?

It was the book I never intended to write! There is a third book which is half written and I had every intention of moving to the next generation in this saga but, following numerous requests, I capitulated and wrote ‘Lost in a Homeland’ in order to fulfil my readers’ desires to know what happened when the family left Canada.

What genre best fits for the book?

Historical, women’s contemporary fiction, romance

Are you working on something new at the moment?

As already mentioned, there is a third book in this series and I have every intention of finishing this as well as, possibly a fourth but I also have several ideas for other books.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

It’s all been said before – read and write as much and as often as you can. Don’t let anyone put you off. You can do it!

Do you in a writing group?

Over the years, I have belonged to several writing groups and found them really, really helpful, supportive and encouraging. My regular writing group folded some time ago but I have been so busy with writing and travel, I haven’t yet joined another. But I will – no one else understands a writer like a writer.

Do you have people who will critique your work? (And if you do, do you acknowledge them in the front of the book?)

Yes to both, though I don’t name them specifically.

What is your writing routine?

That is a very difficult question to answer. I share my study with my husband and, unlike many authors, I do prefer peace and quiet with no interruptions. That can sometimes be difficult but if I have a deadline, after supper is best and I try to get a couple of hours in most evenings.

Do you have an editing process?

Editing does happen a little on the way because I try to write to a place where I know I will be able to pick up the next day – that overcomes what is often called writer’s block. When I begin the next day, I go back to the beginning of the previous scene and may edit it, though most of the editing is left until the end.

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

The satisfaction of reaching the end is possibly the most enjoyable part of writing but I love it all so maybe it’s the frustration of not having enough time to write.

How important is it for you to share your writing?

Very. My first novel (which I refer to as faction), as I mentioned, is based on my grandparents’ lives and I wanted to tell it because it seemed to me nobody knew of the horrendous drought conditions British people endured in the Prairies in the 1930’s. Everyone, but everyone has heard of the ‘Grapes of Wrath’ but this is a parallel story. Usually my stories are a comment on the times.

Where can people go to read your work?

My books are available through Amazon :

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=ann+bowyer

http://www.amazon.com/Ann-Bowyer/e/B00JCP6H1U/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1435630339&sr=1-2-ent

They are Kindle published also.

Also available at Jarrolds, Norwich as well as Diss Book Publishing in Diss, Norfolk.

Where can people find you on the internet?

My website:  www.annbowyer.com

Facebook:  Ann Bowyer Author

Twitter:  AnnBowyer2

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

The research for my first book took ten years and involved travelling extensively across Canada as well as Europe. I now give talks/slides on this, which includes some of the unusual and original documents and photographs which turned up following a family tragedy. Anyone interested in a talk can contact me through my website.

My family history has always fascinated me and when I have completed my present saga, I might well turn my attention to my maternal side – my mother was born in India at the time of the Raj.

To finish, thank you, Suzan, for hosting me.

I have enjoyed it, thank you, Ann.

NB: Ann will be having a Book Release Party on Facebook tomorrow, why not hop over and join in?https://www.facebook.com/events/816556811726199/

Ann Bowyers book covers

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Held at The Stationers Hall. A Grade I listed building, close to St Paul’s Cathedral.

Staionary Halls front

Upon arriving we were asked to show our invites and then led up the stairs in the beautiful historic building of Stationer’s Hall. We were then shown into a large room where others were gathered and waiters were holding trays of drinks.

Before the ceremony started I met some fabulous authors-

Me and Carol Wyer                 Me and Mary

Carol Wyer                                          Mary Jordan

Ruth Killeen Literary-Agent, authors Carol Wyer and Colin kopite Chapman

Ruth Killeen Literary Agent,  authors Carol Wyer and Colin ‘kopite’ Chapman to name a few.

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 Time to go into the hall and sit at our allocated places at the tables.

Our table

Menu

Starter

Kentish Peas

Garden Pea Mousse, Cumbria Ham,

Confit Lemon, Honeydew Melon

 Main Course

Gressingham Duck

Pam Roasted Breast, Fondant Potatoes,

Cherries, Glazed Cabbage

 Vegetarian Option

Butternut Squash,

Mushroom and Spinach Pithivier

Fondant Potato, Cherries, Glazed Cabbage

 Dessert

Summer Trifle

Pimms Jelly, Lavender Custard,

Mint & Cucumber Sorbet

 Coffee & Chocolates-The Loving Cup

This ancient ceremony is based on the tradition that King Edward the Martyr was treacherously stabbed in 978AD, while drinking from a two-handed cup. Ever since, such ceremonial drinking has been accompanied with an elaborate ritual of precaution. (I will post a youtube link for you at the end of this blog).

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Official photograph              Fantastic window behind the stage

Mary Jordan Georgina and Me

Mary Jordan and I with our fab editor, Georgina Bentliff

Me and Mary Jordan

Mary and I

Author Marie and her publisher John Hunt

Author Marie Yates and her publisher John Hunt

Marie and Mars

Marie and Mars

Our table 1

Our table

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Carol Wyer and Colin ‘kopite’ Chapman

Frederick Forsyth, Patron of The People’s Book Prize, was due to give a speech but was unable to attend. He wished us all a fun evening via video.
After dinner the categories were called out, non-fiction was first, followed by fiction, children’s, new author and Best Achievement Award. Authors in each category had to walk along the hall to the right side of the stage and wait to be told to walk onto the stage. Once on the stage author names and titles of their books were read out and the winner announced. All being televised live by Sky TV.

Winners:

Non-fiction-Carol Wyer

Fiction- Scott Caladon

Children- Rob Jones

Best First Time Author- Primary School Children

Best Achievement Award- Tim Wotton

After coffee and chocolates we had to perform the Loving Cup.

The Loving Cup

This ancient ceremony is based on the tradition that King Edward the Martyr was treacherously stabbed in 978AD, while drinking from a two-handed cup. Ever since, such ceremonial drinking has been accompanied with an elaborate ritual of precaution.

Difficult to describe, please watch this youtube clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FA64dnIPnOo

Thank you

I would like to thank everyone who voted for my book, ‘Beyond My Control: Why the Health and Social Care System Need Not Have Failed My Mother’. It was a FINALIST in the non-fiction category and a lovely surprise on the night was to be SHORTLISTED for Best Achievement Award. I couldn’t have wished for more. I had been on the stage twice and each time in my head I raised a toast to my late mum, to my sister and brother, and to all of the lovely people who voted for me. Thank you.

I have received a lot of feedback from readers who have bought the book and they said how much it has helped them. I also know some people have bought the book for their relative in care or in hospital and have put it on their bedside cabinet. The book does talk about poor practices but it also talks about some great staff with very strong values and good practices.

There are a lot of fantastic staff out there and we need to praise them for the things they do well. Unfortunately there are some who do not do their job well and they need to be told. After all, if they’re not told, how can they improve?

 Cover BMC~FINAL COVER

If you would to purchase a signed copy of ‘Beyond My Control: Why the Health and Social Care System Need Not Have Failed My Mother’ please go to www.suzancollins.com

               

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Love the official photograph from People’s Book Prize where Beyond My Control made it to the final! Thank you to everyone who voted x

Me~used snipping tool

I will write a longer blog, with lots of photos, later x

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Welcome Julie Ryan… *offers Julie cup of tea*

Tea and scone

Can you tell me a little about yourself?

Julie Ryan

I was born near Barnsley in Yorkshire where I lived for the first eighteen years of my life before going to University. It was then that the wanderlust kicked in as when I finished my Teacher Training, I went off to work in Greece, Thailand and Poland. I have no idea where this desire to travel comes from as my parents didn’t even have a passport for a long time. Moving house and/or country twenty times in twenty years can be a bit wearing though so I’ve been happily living in the Gloucestershire countryside with my husband and young son for the last few years. We bought a semi-derelict property as that was all we could afford and w are still renovating. I dream of one day having all my books neatly arranged on shelves instead of boxes and can’t wait to unpack my new desk. I have a feeling I may have to wait some time though! When not writing, I work as a distance language tutor teaching English to French companies. I also enjoy amateur dramatic and can often be found treading the boards as the Fairy Godmother in the local panto or more recently as Miss Maple in an Agatha Christie pastiche.

What was the first story you wrote?

Oh my goodness, that’s going back a while as I seem to recall I was always scribbling something as a child. I think it was probably a little play that I wrote for myself and my friend to enact for her parents. I seem to recall we played husband and wife for some reason.

Were you inspired by someone or something?

Probably the neighbours but I really have no idea how I ended up playing a grumpy henpecked husband!

What do you like about writing a story?

I love the fact that when I begin, I really don’t have any idea of where the story is going to take me. I love it when characters develop a life of their own and wake you up in the early hours to insist you change their story. Sometimes they say or do things that surprise me. In one case a character mentioned her brother and yet I wasn’t aware that she had one. It meant a lot of backwriting but it added to the plot. I can’t sit down and plan out each chapter. I have a general idea of where it’s going and let the characters fight it out1

Can you tell us about your newest book?

My latest book is the third in the Greek Island mystery series but you don’t need to have read the others. It’s about a young girl who has a gift for seeing into the future centered around a group of holidaymakers staying at the same hotel. There’s a serial killer on the island so lots of drama and excitement as well as romance for some of the guests. The key to the mystery is the local thriller writer.

Julie Ryan book cover

How did you come up with the story?

I started from the idea of Pandora being able to see into the future and then the rest of the story developed from there. I read a lot and so I suppose my writing is influenced by the kind of books I like to read.

What genre best fits for the book?

I’ve been wondering about this. There’s romance but it’s not chick-lit. There’s suspense and mystery but it’s not a thriller. Although Pandora can see into the future, it’s not really a paranormal book either. Perhaps it should just be contemporary fiction.

Are you working on something new at the moment?

It depends on what my characters decide to do next. I have an unfinished Christmas novella that I really need to work on but it’s been put on the back shelf for a long time. I’m also working on a collection of short stories too. I only ever intended my first book to be a short story and look how it’s developed. I have the germs of an idea for a fourth book in the series but it needs to simmer for a while.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

It sounds trite to say ‘Just write’ but that’s the best advice I was given. Sometimes, you can be afraid to put pen to paper in case it turns out to be rubbish but some of my best ideas have come from stories that I originally discarded. At least if you have something written down, it can be edited or may provide future inspiration. Other than that – never give up!

Do you belong to a writing group?

I set up a book club with the lovely Linn B Halton and we sometimes read our work to each other. It’s not really a writing group though.

Do you have people who will critique your work? (And if you do, do you acknowledge them in the book?)

I have a group of people who will act as beta readers and critique my work. I like to acknowledge them in a paragraph at the end of the book.

What is your writing routine?

My free time when husband is at work and son is at school is usually in the morning. After dropping son off at the bus stop, I look forward to my morning coffee and usually reread what I wrote the day before. Then I may need to do some research – a good excuse for trawling the internet and looking at cats – and on a good day I may actually write 1000-1500 words. If I’m on a roll I usually find that my coffee has gone cold so I stop and make another and try to write until lunchtime. Then it’s onto the day job until the next day.

Do you have an editing process?

After finishing the first draft I usually leave it for a couple of weeks and then go through it for the storyline first of all to check on the timeline and any inconsistencies. This may involve moving paragraphs or chapters around which then means another read through to check that this change hasn’t affected anything else. Then it’s onto grammar and spelling and trying to find all those typos that are obvious to everyone else but slip through the net when it’s your own work you’re reading. Then I’ll send it out to my beta readers and make any necessary changes before giving it a final read through line by line.

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

Editing is the thing I hate most – the finished article is what I like best.

How important is it for you to share your writing?

Feedback is always useful especially if it’s constructive so I know the benefits of sharing. I’m quite shy about my work though so it doesn’t come naturally to me.

Where can people go to read your work?

At the moment I’m only published on Amazon but my first book ‘Jenna’s Journey’ has recently been signed by Booktrope so it should be more widely available very soon.

Where can people find you on the internet?

I love people to get in touch about my books. I have a blog at www.Juliesworldofbooks.blogspot.co.uk where you can get all the latest news and an insight into the life of a writer/reader.

I also blog about other writer’s books at www.allthingsbookie.com

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

You might like to take a look at this awesome trailer for my second book ‘Sophia’s Secret’

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Writing a blurb

A good blurb can be the selling point of your book. The cover can attract a potential reader to pick it up and look at it. But what happens next? Yep, they turn to the back cover and read the blurb.

Look at the blurb of some of the books you have bought. What made you want to read them?

A few pointers:

Introduce the main character

Create intrigue around the main character

Explain the setting and action

What will the problems be?

How will the problems be overcome?

Keep it short (2-3 paragraphs)

Do not give the ending away!

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Today we met in Beccles Library to discuss social networking, after all, if you’re writing a book you want people to know about it, right? We had intended looking at all aspects of social networking and started by booting up the laptops and looking at blogging using the WordPress site. We soon found that the WiFi connection was not strong enough for us all to be on line at the same time and unfortunately we achieved very little but we had fun. Many thanks to all at Beccles Library for letting us use their room.

27th April Beccles Library   27th April Beccles Library~1

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Welcome, Sheila Norton…

*offers Sheila a cup of tea*

Coconut Loft~cup of tea

 

 

 

 

Can you tell me a little about yourself?

I live near Chelmsford in Essex with my husband of nearly 45 years. We have three married daughters and six little grandchildren. I worked as a medical secretary before retiring early to concentrate on my writing. I’ve been writing since childhood but my first publications were short stories for children when my three daughters were small. I then won two first prizes in the ‘Writers’ News’ short story competitions and went on to have over 100 stories published in women’s magazines.

My first novel was published by Piatkus Books in 2003. I then had a further seven books published by Piatkus – all under my own name except for the last three which my editor wanted me to publish under a new name as they made up a series – the ‘Tales From’ series, written as Olivia Ryan. Since then I’ve been self-publishing with Amazon (Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace). As well as re-publishing my back list, I’ve self-published a further series of three books (the Sisters Series), and more recently, two books largely set in the 1960s – ‘Yesterday’ and ‘Ticket to Ride’. And my newest book is a story with grandparents as the leading characters and is called ‘A Grand Thing’. All these are written under my own name.

Sheila Norton~Grand Thing for paperback

 

 

 

 

 

What was the first story you wrote?

It was a short story for Brownies, which was published in ‘The Brownie’ magazine. But my first novel was the more significant ‘first’!  ‘The Trouble With Ally’ was a rom com about a woman who was just turning 50 and had all kinds of ordinary but hilarious problems going on in her life.

Were you inspired by someone or something?

Yes. I’d made previous attempts at a novel but nothing had worked so I stuck with short stories … until the ‘chick lit’ era and ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’ made me realise that all the rom com books seemed to be about women in their 20s and 30s. I was about 50 myself at the time and felt sure a book featuring the life of an ordinary working mum of my kind of age could be just as funny. After 18 months of submissions, my Piatkus editor agreed – and I finally achieved my lifetime ambition.

Why do you write?

Simple answer: because it’s what I’ve always loved doing. I’d be doing it even if I had nothing published. It’s more than a hobby, but I can’t call it work because ‘work’ sounds like something you have to do. When I had a full-time job I wrote in the evenings – it was my relaxation.

Can you tell us about your newest book?

‘A Grand Thing’ is available from Amazon as a paperback (£7.99) or Kindle edition (£1.99). The four main characters are all grandparents who help to care for their grandchildren. They get to know each other through the children and eventually support each other through some difficult times. The main narrator is Kate, whose son and two daughters drive her mad by arguing about whose children she looks after the most. The other three characters – Bob, who struggles with arthritis and a possible crush on Kate; Jackie, a young and reluctant grandmother; and Pam, who seems inexplicably angry and hostile – also narrate chapters of their own.

How did you come up with the story?

It’s the result of another observation I’ve made about the contemporary fiction market – very few books seem to have grandparents as the main characters. I’ve acquired six grandkids in less than six years, and they’re a wonderful part of my life. Most of my friends either have grandchildren or other young relatives – and as older people buy the most books I felt sure lots of people would enjoy this kind of story. But basically it’s a family story, so I hope mums, dads, aunts, uncles – anyone who loves family life will enjoy it. I hasten to add that my own daughters are much nicer and less selfish than Kate’s children in the book! But my experience as ‘Nanny’ obviously helped in writing it.

What genre best fits for the book?

Contemporary women’s fiction (family life).

What are some of the benefits and challenges to writing?

Benefits:  I have never been bored in my entire life!  Writing takes you out of yourself if you’re feeling troubled, sad, or cross, and is always there, like a friend, waiting for you to come back to. As a hobby, it’s something you can do no matter what age you are, where you live, if you’re on your own, hard-up or disabled. If you’re lucky enough to be paid for it, it’s the icing on the cake. To be paid (however much or little) for doing what you enjoy is a privilege I never take for granted.

Challenges:  Not many writers can make their entire living from it, so you need either a day job or a pension or some other means of income. Sometimes it’s hard to be motivated and find the time, when you have a busy job and/or children to look after. If you don’t have a day job, writing can be socially isolating so you need to find ways to prevent this. It’s also necessary to come to terms with rejection and criticism. Learning to take these on the chin is part of becoming a real writer.

Do you attend a writing group?

Because I worked at a busy job until I’d had six novels published, I never joined a writing group of any kind – I needed all my spare time for actual writing! But I did join the Romantic Novelists’ Association after I was first published, and have become an active member of the Chelmsford chapter. We’re a friendly group who meet once a month for support and friendship. Apart from this, I prefer to mix with other people socially – friends and family who aren’t writers – as I don’t want my life to become completely focused on writing. It might not bore me, but it would bore everyone around me!

Do you have someone to critique your work?

Yes, I’m very lucky in that my three daughters are very gifted in areas which benefit me as an author! One is a freelance copywriting and marketing consultant, one is a publicity and PR consultant (specialising in children’s books), and the third is an editor and writer in the health industry. I never publish or submit anything until at least two of them have read and edited it – and I’ve had all sorts of help with promotion and marketing too.

Are you working on something new at the moment?

Two new things! I’m working with my agent on the editing of a third book set partly in the 1960s (and partly in the present day). And I also have a brand new contract with one of the leading publishers for something completely different and exciting, which is planned for release towards the end of this year.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Don’t do it unless you love it. No other reason makes sense. But if you do want to write, do it, don’t put it off – you can make time if you’re determined enough. Don’t give up if you meet rejection after rejection – that’s par for the course. If you choose to self-publish, be professional, and above all, realistic. Few of us become millionaires!

What is your writing routine?

Since retiring from the day job, I don’t have a routine. I simply write whenever I can, whenever nothing else is calling for my time. I enjoy the freedom, and it makes up for all the years of fitting in my writing around children and working for the NHS!

Do you have an editing process?

Nothing special. Just – read the book through as many times as possible, be prepared to cut out anything that doesn’t work, and don’t be surprised to keep finding silly mistakes even on the third or fourth read!

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

Most enjoy: that feeling when the story takes off, the characters seem to come alive and do things you hadn’t even planned, and the whole process actually feels like magic.

Least enjoy: writing a plan or a synopsis. I never stick to them, as the story always takes unexpected turns as I write it.

How important is it for you to share your writing?

I’d say it’s pretty important – a lot of the pleasure comes from anticipating other people (hopefully) enjoying what I write. But if nobody ever read what I wrote, I think I’d still do it, for my own enjoyment.

Where can people go to read your work?

All my books are currently on Amazon.

Where can people find you on the internet?

My website : www.sheilanorton.co.uk

My blog: http://sheilanorton.blogspot.co.uk

My Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/SheilaNortonAuthor

My Twitter ‘handle’: @NortonSheilaann

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

I love hearing from readers. As an avid reader myself, I make a point of posting a good review if I’ve read something I particularly enjoyed, because I know what a difference it makes to an author to get feedback from readers. I also always reply to any messages sent through my website. To keep up to date with news about my writing, go to my website and fill in the ‘reply’ form, asking to be added to the mailing list for my email newsletter, which is only sent out a few times each year. I never pass on email addresses to any third party.

Thank you so much, Suzan, for giving me this opportunity – I’ve enjoyed being a guest on your blog! And thank you, Sheila, I have enjoyed it too x

Purple and white tulips

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Amazon 5* review of the new book-Chatty Cat: Spring into Summer

Can almost hear Chatty Cat telling her story

The next instalment of a lady who adopts a stray cat and how they spend their days together. Again just like the first book written by Suzan this book is filled with everything you should know before taking on a kitten or a fully grown cat. So much information from Suzan and also from Chatty Cat’s point of view. A must read for all ages whether you have a kitten/cat or are thinking of owning one or rather them owning you! Sit back and enjoy the story and the sketches and photographs , you will be thrilled.

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Chatty-Cat-Spring-Summer-Volume/dp/0993169015/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

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